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There are many definitions of plants, but one is : "A plant is a non-animal, multi-cellular living organism that is capable of photosynthesis." Plants provide the vast majority of oxygen for our planet and are used for a huge amount of man-kinds' needs especially food, drugs & medicines and also just for aesthetic purposes.

Having a good knowledge of plants is important in many jobs such as agriculture and farming, landscape gardening, botany, ecology, forestry work and groundkeeping.

Plants have had (and still do) a profound effect on evolution, food for humans and are a key part of all habitats. To find out more please see our articles on 'EVOLUTION AND INHERITANCE', 'FIVE A DAY (FRUIT AND VEG)' and 'HABITATS'

Some key facts you will learn about plants should enable you to :

  • Identify common plants and trees (wild & garden)
  • Name common plants and trees(wild & garden)
  • Be aware of common garden plants and wild plants
  • Know what evergreen and deciduous means
  • Identify the main plant structure and the function of each part (e.g. seeds, roots, stem/ trunk, leaves, fruits and flowers)
  • Study plants in their habitat
  • Plant some different seeds and bulbs and watch them grow into plants / trees.
  • Group plants
  • Understand photosynthesis to make their own food and how plants survive and what they need in terms of air, water, heat, light, nutrients, carbon dioxide etc.
  • How water is moved around plants
  • Understand pollination
  • Understand vatious plant life cycles
  • Carry out controlled experiments on the growth of plants e.g. by varying the amount of light

See below for some amazing resources including games, activities, videos, animations, revision notes and even some teacher's lesson plans! You will have lots of fun while learning at the same time. It's a brilliant starting point to learn all about plants and how they are absolutely vital to life on earth. Without them we just wouldn't survive.

 

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"Sesame Street Milkweed Plants" Video ages 3 - 5

"Sesame Street Milkweed Plants" Video

Watch the video about milkweed plants throughout the seasons and how the milkweed pods spread in the wind and produce....Read More

 


"The Great Plant Hunt - following in Darwin's Footsteps" activity ages 5 - 11

"The Great Plant Hunt - following in Darwin's Footsteps" activity

You can access information and activities from the Tree for each year group (year1=ages five to six, year2=ages six to seven etc.). Go to the Tree and click on your year group. For example : In year 1 you have your own little treehouse hideaway where there is a picture and note from Fiona, the Great Plant Hunter, who works at Kew....Read More

 


"Growing Plants" Game ages 5 - 6

"Growing Plants" Game

Click the grow button to grow the plant but make sure you give it plenty of water! The aim is to grow the plant to its full height. Then identify the 4 parts of the plant (root, stem, leaf and flower) and drag 'n drop the words onto the correct....Read More

 


"Growing Plants Garden Guru" Game ages 5 - 7

"Growing Plants Garden Guru" Game

Learn all about growing plants in this great game with 3 levels. In the 'Medium' level game, you need to see if you can spot the correct garden plants with Molly (e.g. sunflower, rose, cauliflowers, daisy and carrots). Then you need to separate some mixed up fruit and vegetables into the correct bag. In the 'Hard' level game you need to....Read More

 


"Create a Plant" Activity ages 5 - 7

"Create a Plant" Activity

In this activity you get to build your very own plant online and then print it out in black and white so you can colour it in yourself! It's really simple, just drag the plant parts into the middle image and then name your plant! Choose various characteristics for stems (smooth, prickly, hairy), leaves (simple, compound, arrangement and....Read More

 


"Online Colouring" Activity ages 5 - 8

"Online Colouring" Activity

Four different online painting scenes which you can either paint with a brush or paint bucket online and then print or just print in black and white and colour in by hand. You choose! The 4 colouring book activities are: 'Plants need Phosphorous for Healthy Roots', 'Potassium protects our Plants', 'Without....Read More

 


"The Oxygenator" Games ages 6 - 10

"The Oxygenator" Games

The aim of this game is to help the tree with photosynthesis and at the same time produce oxygen to keep the air clean! Move the tree with your mouse and grab all of the essential items the tree needs (carbon dioxide and light from above ground, nutrients and water from underground) whilst avoiding air pollution and disease. You have 45....Read More

 


"Plants and Animal Environments" Game ages 6 - 7

"Plants and Animal Environments" Game

The aim of the game is to try and identify (by clicking on them) eight animals and plants from the picture. Find out more info on them by clicking the magnifying glass. Then match the plants and animals to their location (habitat). Then see what four of the plants and animals looked like....Read More

 


"Plant's Cafe : Scientific Investigations of Plants" Notes and activities ages 6 - 10

"Plant's Cafe : Scientific Investigations of Plants" Notes and activities

On this site you can learn all about experiments on plant growth, food, plant related art and conservation. The first section is 'Experiments about Plant Growth'. There are PDF lesson plans for teachers in 10 modules. The earlier ones have experiments about air and its composition and later ones describe photosynthesis. Modules include :....Read More

 


"Ask the Agronomist" Activity ages 7 - 10

"Ask the Agronomist" Activity

Ask the agronomist is a series of pre-defined 10 questions on 'pretend' email. The agronomist gets back to you immediately with the answer! Some of the questions ask about plant nutrients and where they come from. Other questions are about colours of soil, what makes soil healthy and why are worms important? The answers you get back are....Read More

 


"Helping Plants Grow Well" Game ages 7 - 8

"Helping Plants Grow Well" Game

Click the grow button to grow the plant but make sure you give it enough (but not too much!) water and heat! The aim is to grow the plant to its maximum height. Also you need to deliberately give it too much water, too much heat or insufficient light to see....Read More

 


"MI High : Plant Life Cycles" Game ages 7 - 11

"MI High : Plant Life Cycles" Game

A plant (hog weed) has gone wild and attacked the Housing minister's House, possibly due to a protest against building on green field areas. The first task in the mission is to identify different parts of a plant (stamen, nectar, petal, receptacle, sepal, carpel). The next stage of the mission is to try and find....Read More

 


"MI High: Plant and Animal Habitats" Game ages 7 - 11

"MI High: Plant and Animal Habitats" Game

Help the aliens return to their planet by placing them in their correct habitats. If you put them in a habitat with insufficient food and shelter then that particular alien species could become extinct. There are various habitats you can choose including the Slimy Bog, the tall tree forest, the chalky hills and more! Click on each alien....Read More

 


"MI High: Plants" Game ages 7 - 11

"MI High: Plants" Game

In this mission you must rescue Sarah Jane from the Blathereen by helping to grow the Rakweed. In the first part you must vary the amount of light (by controlling the blind over the window) and water (by controlling the watering can) to keep the Rakweed healthy and growing. In the second part you must keep the heat reasonable (by....Read More

 


"The Magic School Bus : Photosynthesis" activity ages 7 - 11

"The Magic School Bus : Photosynthesis" activity

Firstly, there is a 'Factivity' exercise where you get to help the Dinosaur grow a sunflower, a tree, tulips and a tomato plant. You will see how plants make their own food from water in the soil, carbon dioxide from the air and energy from the sun to make glucose as their food source in a process called photosynthesis. Then checkout the....Read More

 


"Defend The Plants" Game ages 7 - 11

"Defend The Plants" Game

A great game teaching you about the protection of plants. Since plants cannot move, they have developed ways to protect themselves against being eaten by animals. The aim of the game is to help the plants defend themselves against the animals. There are various types of defences you can use such as poisons, ants, thorns, gums, thorns,....Read More

 


"Soil Tris Survivor" Games ages 8 - 11

"Soil Tris Survivor" Games

A similar game to the classic Tetris-style game with an agricultural theme! You need to grow the perfect soil structure for your plant crop (either wheat or potato). The main 4 ingredients are sand, silt, clay and organic matter and you are told the approximate best percentages of each for both wheat plants and for producing potato....Read More

 


"Survivor Soak" Games ages 8 - 12

"Survivor Soak" Games

The aim of the game is to balance the water to grow your healthy corn plants. You can add more water but can't take it away so don't add too much. As the game goes on you get more plants to look after and you'll have to be quick! See how many cobs of corn you can....Read More

 


"Photosynthesis" Quiz ages 8 - 11

"Photosynthesis" Quiz

There are 10 questions on Photosynthesis and you are against the clock for each question. See how many you can get right in the shortest amount of time! Speed and accuracy play a part here but it is best to be accurate as you're only scored on the number of correct answers. Be careful to....Read More

 


"Life Cycles" Game ages 9 - 10

"Life Cycles" Game

See if you can dissect the flower into its component parts (petals, sepals, nectarines, carpel, stamens, receptacle). Then match the words to each part of the flower (filament, stigma, style, ovule, receptacle, sepal, nectar, ovary,....Read More

 


"The Living Tree and Other Organisms" Video and Notes ages 9 - 14

"The Living Tree and Other Organisms" Video and Notes

A huge amount of superb information on biodiversity and a tree's micro-habitats. Also learn about the complex inter-relationships between the tree....Read More

 


"Photosynthesis" Activity ages 9 - 11

"Photosynthesis" Activity

Play this activity and learn all about plants and photosynthesis and how this is an essential foundation of life since they produce oxygen for the air we breather. You also learn what the chemical reactions are and whereabouts they occur inside the leaf. Firstly it is explained that plants need water and carbon dioxide to produce sugar....Read More

 


"Tree Cookies" Activity ages 9 - 11

"Tree Cookies" Activity

Explore the woods and see for yourself what factors affect the growth and development of trees. First of all, take the tree cookies tour! A tree cookie is a cross section of a tree trunk. Just prior to the activity, you can study up to 6 tree conditions (optimal, fire, drought, infestation, competition, slope). After that, you will be....Read More

 


"The Junior Seed Site" Notes ages 9 - 11

"The Junior Seed Site" Notes

On this website you can learn all about seeds for growing plants. This includes outdoor flowers, indoor flowers, plants for food. There are pages on 'How do I start?', 'How do I sow seeds?', 'Are they Growing', 'Saving Seeds'. There is also a plant database with pictures and descriptions of 60 plants including info on their seeds,....Read More

 


"The Great Plant Escape" Activity ages 11 - 14

"The Great Plant Escape" Activity

In this Award winning activity you must find out the great mysteries of plant life with Detective LePlant and his partners Sprout and Bud. There are six cases to solve and you are briefed on each one. In the 1st case, you must identify plant parts and what they do plus you also need to know how plants grow. But first you are taken....Read More

 


"Soil Information" Videos and Activity Sheets ages 11 - 16

"Soil Information" Videos and Activity Sheets

In this resource, there are 4 informational videos and accompanying activity sheets on soil. "The Dirt on Soil" is a video featuring Kacey, an agricultural student. She tells how soil produces food, plants for biofuels, grows grass for gardens and sports and cotton for T-shirts. She also explains soil helps plants grow which supports....Read More

 


"Nutrients and Fertlizer" Video Notes ages 11 - 14

"Nutrients and Fertlizer" Video Notes

Watch this short video about nutrients and fertilizer. He speaks about plants' dependency on nutrients. He also explains where nutrients come from ncluding information on their history and the....Read More

 


"Watershed Explorer and Watershed Detective" Activities ages 11 - 14

"Watershed Explorer and Watershed Detective" Activities

In these two games about watersheds you will learn more about this amazing habitat. In 'Watershed Explorer' you need to find 20 plants or animals living in the watershed and also do a little bit of tidying up of litter! For each item you drag into the binoculars you get sizes and some fun facts plus how they help watersheds. In....Read More

 


"Biology of Plants" Notes and Videos ages 11 - 14

"Biology of Plants" Notes and Videos

On this website you can learn all about plant life cycles and how they contribute to life on earth. Extremely detailed information will teach you lots about starting to grow, plant parts, making foods, pollination, seed dispersal, plant adaptations and 'plants and life on earth'. Each....Read More

 


"Photosynthesis" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Photosynthesis" Revision Notes

Read all about how green plants perform photosynthesis using chlorophyll in their leaves to convert water and carbon dioxide to glucose and oxygen. The article explains that plants can store the glucose as starch or use it for respiration. The factors that limit photosynthesis are gone through in detail including light intensity,....Read More

 


"Deforestation and the Destruction of Peat areas" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Deforestation and the Destruction of Peat areas" Revision Notes

The growth of the planet's population has created a larger demand on world resources and increasingly the world's forests and peat areas have come under threat. This land has generally been converted to agricultural land to feed extra people or for crops to be converted to biodiesel which is an alternative energy sources. This has also....Read More

 


"Transport Systems and Processes in Plants" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Transport Systems and Processes in Plants" Revision Notes

This article explains how plants use two different systems for transporting materials. Phloem is used to transport food to the whole plant from the leaves. Xylem transports water and nutrients to the leaves from the roots. Transpiration from the leaves is mentioned as well as how plants have adapted to minimise....Read More

 


"Plant Hormones" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Plant Hormones" Revision Notes

Plants have adapted using tropisms to grow closer to sources of water and light. The article goes through a number of tropisms that plants have developed using the plant hormone Auxin, listing out the part of the plant that exhibits this property and the advantages for the plant afterwards. Experiments to show this are explained as well....Read More

 


"Plants and Micro-Organisms" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Plants and Micro-Organisms" Revision Notes

This article is about pathogens that attack plants and the plants' defences against these attacks. Examples mentioned are Dutch Elm Disease and Rice Blast. Photoperiodicity and circadian rhythms are also....Read More

 


"Leaves and Photosynthesis" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Leaves and Photosynthesis" Revision Notes

This article explains how the leaf has adapted to maximise photosynthesis (for example by having a large surface area). These adaptations are discussed. A leaf cross section is shown with all of the various parts explained in a diagram (including stoma, guard cells, lower epidermis, upper epidermis, palisade mesophyll and spongy....Read More

 


"Plants Need Minerals" Revision Notes ages 13 - 16

"Plants Need Minerals" Revision Notes

A fascinating article about how plants use the main minerals to grow. The 3 key elements are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and the minerals are nitrates, phosphates and potassium salts. Fertilisers are given an NPK value which is the ratio of these nutrients to help in the selection of the correct fertilizer on each occasion. The....Read More

 

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